Do you watch Sister Wives? I love watching reality shows about unusual family types, so Sister Wives is a show that has interested me since the first season. One of the things that the family has worked on was developing a mission statement, something that communicated to themselves and others what their family was really about. It’s not the first time I’ve heard of having a family mission statement, or even a mission statement for your job. I got to thinking, and started playing around with the idea of having my own mission statement. A mission statement for being a mom. I thought it might help me remember when I’m tired, and cranky and irritable why I’m doing what I’m doing. In other words, act as a daily reminder of what my purpose is. I wasn’t really sure about how to go about it, so I did a quick Google search. (Google is my solution to most problems.) Guess what? The first link when I typed in “How do I write a personal mission statement,” was pretty much the perfect link. I found this great website at Franklin Covey called the Personal Mission Statement Builder. (BTW, as you may recall, I’m still looking for the best planner, but I’m not sure that Franklin Covey has one for the SAHM.)
I will be a person who will have children and grandchildren who know they are important. I will have a family that is close and supportive of one another. My most important future contribution to my children will be to make sure they know they are loved and to teach them to be productive, competent and motivated to do good for themselves and others.
I know I am not perfect, but I would like to work towards: Being more patient and less irritable; being more organized and procrastinate less; learning how to live in and appreciate the moment. I will strive to incorporate integrity, intellectual curiosity, determination into my life.
Believe it or not, I really like it. It covers things about myself that I want to work towards, and anchors me in what I want my life to look like. My biggest complaint with my current mission statement– it’s too wordy. It’s much more abbreviated that what I initially got from Franklin Covey, but I still think it should be a bit more to the point.
Luckily, I know that this is a work in progress. I can use this as a starting point towards my personal SAHM mission statement. Does anyone else have a mission statement they use on a daily basis?